Gov. Justice proposes PEIA freeze

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - Teachers all over the state are waiting to hear what West Virginia Governor Jim Justice lays out for teacher's health insurance.

He spoke one on one with 7News Thursday, right before he laid out his plan in a Charleston press conference. Governor Justice said teachers and other public employees won't have to worry about changes to their health insurance, but for how long?

Justice says there will be a 17-month freeze for any changes with the Public Employees Insurance Agency until lawmakers can come up with a permanent fix. His administration has found $29-million to support that interim cost. 

Justice also said it's best for teachers if they stay with his guaranteed 1-percent raise each, through the next five years.

"If we don't watch out we're going to have to take money away from things that are investments," said Justice. "These investments can bring us in lots and lots more money."

Justice continued to say with that extra money coming in they'd be able to use it towards giving the teachers bigger raises after this initial five years.


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